No More Camo’s

5 04 2006

This is un-nerving.

Via CBS4 in Denver

WESTMINSTER, Colo. The immigration debate and recent demonstrations over the issue have led to a change in the dress code for a middle school in Adams County.

Students at Shaw Heights Middle School are no longer allowed to wear anything that is patriotic, including camouflage pants, because they have become a political symbol for a version of patriotism, CBS4 reports.

“It upsets me that we cannot support our troops — the military,” said Kirsten Golgart, an eighth grader who was told she’d be suspended if she didn’t change her clothes. “We can’t support our country. If we’re American, I think we should be proud to be an American.”

A letter went home to parents last week that explained for student safety, no clothes were allowed with political messages or flags of any sort.

I see what the school is trying to avert, but this a little trigger-happy. It’s one thing to ban all flags, but to ban clothing is another. There is flag etiquette, but not clothing etiquette. The school either needs to have an established uniform or allow kids to wear what they wish so long as it meets modesty guidelines.

Myla Shepherd, the principal, said that tensions over the immigration issue were apparent when more than 20 students came to school wearing camouflage jackets and pants, apparently to show what they call their patriotism and American pride.

“We started seeing name calling,” Shepherd said. “Safety is my first concern, so I’m going to do things to keep us from getting to a point where anybody is hurt or being suspended for fighting.”

Wow, if you can keep kids from fighting, you should write a book and go on Oprah and Dr. Phil. Or is it vice versa? Doesn’t matter. Figure that out and you can make millions.

As I explained in this post contrasting colonists and immigrants, “Colonists bring their own culture, their own language, their own ways to the new land and attempt to adapt it to the new area. Immigrants are different. They are not looking to expand their home culture, but become a part of a new one.”

This is a knee-jerk reactions by the school. This attitude of over-paranoia is a concern of fearing that we will be “colonized” by Hispanics. That certainly is the goal of many of them. But let the system work. Whatever new laws we set will accomplish something. It may not be the perfect solution or the best way to get there, but it will diffuse any colonization efforts.

Update: 11:30 am

Freedom Folks defines this as:

Mex-i-tude: The de facto control of social and political policy by illegal aliens.

Others: Michelle Malkin. And she has seen it before.




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